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    We experience in our bodies changes that relate to our well-being, physical activity, stress level, and emotional state. Thus, interoceptive and somatosensory inputs contribute significantly to the subjective feelings (57). Because the survival of an organism depends on its ability to maintain its physiology within an optimal homeostatic range, the ability to consciously monitor and feel certain physiological states (such as thirst and hunger) and detect potential tissue damage has been critical already to our ancestors (3, 7). Such feelings vary markedly in their mental saliency. For example, heartbeat and digestive processes go most of the time unnoticed, whereas it is almost impossible to abolish the agony upon hearing of a loss of a dear friend. Such graded intensity of feelings allows filtering out unimportant ones from the limited-capacity working space in the executive system and focusing our executive problem-solving skills to deal with the most urgent ones (8).
    Jo Bowyer
    Chartered Physiotherapist Registered Osteopath.
    "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi